Monday, March 2, 2009

I remember Mama

Today is my mother's birthday. She would have been 80 today but she died almost 10 years ago. Here are some of the things I remember about my mom:

My mother was a housewife from the 50's. When I was very little she always wore dresses. I remember her coming outside and skipping rope with us in a dress. In 1964 I was 6, she and my grandmother were talking about things and my mother mentioned that this pregnancy was really tough on her. My grandmother shushed her to not say the word pregnant in front of me. For years I thought pregnant was a swear word. I remember playing in our back yard with my friends when the back door was wrenched open and a flaming frying pan came sailing out and landed near where we were playing. My friends were frightened but I just nonchalantly said, Oh my mom is cooking dinner. She wasn't a very good cook.

When I was a teenager my mother took me aside and said we should have the "sex" talk. I asked her what did she want to know? She figured she'd waited a bit too long. Once I went to JCPenneys with her when she needed to buy a jock strap for my brother. The clerk asked her how big he was. My mom cups her hand and says about this size. I told her the clerk was looking for his waist measurement.
Mom subscribed to magazines and other publications. When she started telling us that the Russians were controlling the weather, we cancelled her subscription to Weekly World News. She figured since it was printed in black and white it was actual real news. Mom loved to shop. QVC was one of her favorites. She liked to buy 2 of things. She would keep one and give the other away. Usually I was the lucky winner. I have more crap I will never use stuffed in my cupboards. Once she bought everyone in the family the Ronco Food Dehydrator. This I actually still use.

Mom was generous and loving. She would give you the shirt off her back. She was a pain in the ass a lot and everyday I become more and more like her. And that's ok. I miss you Mom.


  1. How sweet! Your mom sounds like she was a very lovely woman. Did you get your wickedly wonderful sense of humor from her?

  2. Happy Birthday Grandma I loved my grandma very much so it's ok if you become like her I will just love you even more!

  3. You guys are making me cry! Sometimes I really hate being 9 time zones away...kept thinking and waiting is Chris gonna say something about mom's big day?! So I wake up and here it is...thank you! You remember so much I don't! I don't remember having a hard time in the womb in '64, or the jock strap thing. I remember hearing about the frying pan though!

    I remember how good she was at sewing and how she made us clothes and stuffed animals! She even taught the sewing badge and was active in my Girl Scout Troop. Yeah, she was a pain sometimes, but I sure do miss her! She's actually the main reason I'm working at a nursing home here...Thanks again for a lovely tribute to our mom. I love you Mommy...

    I never got a food dehydrator! Actually I think I might've but didn't have room for it or something living in those tiny apartments....

  4. I think I would have liked your mom very much, especially since she said such inappropriate things. Just like your mother, you are.